Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: August 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thanks to Alec Baldwin, I know EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a 'Leading Male'


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I revisited Alec Baldwin's podcast Here's The Thing and realized I know exactly what I want in a man. 


I moved from Alec to Rumi only to reflect on what a charmed life I lead.


Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin
Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin's Podcast


Here's The Thing 

Caught up on Alec Baldwin's "Here's The Thing." I listened to Alec Baldwin's interviews with Joe Dallesandro and Kevin Kline. Millennials may need to look up Joe Dallesandro. On second thought, they may need to look both those names up.

The Kevin Kline interview was great, I highly recommend you download that episode. Actually, listen to both episodes because Joe Dallesandro's might be equally as good - but on opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum.


Little Joe Dallesandro
Joe Dallesandro of Andy Warhol Fame


In any case, at the end of the Kevin Kline interview, Baldwin paid Kline a compliment about his acting. He said, "You possess all the traits of a great leading male: masculinity, intelligence and sensitivity." I paused the podcast, rewound, and listened again. Then I wrote down the traits.

Masculine and Sensitive Super Heros
Masculine and Sensitive
Not so smart but I'll let it slide this time


I thought *that* is exactly what I'm looking for in a leading male too! Alec Baldwin hit the nail on the head! Or did he? I went back to my notepad and I scribbled one additional trait Baldwin had omitted.... "humor." Even James Bond is funny.

Masculinity, intelligence, sensitivity... and humor... that is what makes a great leading man. Alec Baldwin + Leyla

Some say humor goes hand-in-hand with intelligence, and whereas I believe that one cannot have a sense of humor without intelligence, I promise it does not go both ways. I also believe that sarcasm is lost only on the stupid... but let's move on!


Sufism In The Afternoon 

Recently, I quoted Rumi to my mom. I must've made a clarification, as if she might not fully understand the quote because she quickly gave me the hand (to use an antiquated expression). My mom said, "Oh, you're going to teach ME about sufism?" Then I remembered she grew up in Turkey, where she probably studied sufism from grade school through high school, and I only know about it from "Quote Cards" on Pinterest.



Khalil Gibran is one of my favorites
His poems remind me of the spiritual, love & mysticism of the sufis


While on my podcast discovery, I stumbled upon a Rumi quote audiobook. I thought positive Rumi quotes would be a good thing to listen to while working. But the narrator went too fast and I only listened to a few poems. One quote stayed with me. Once gain, I rewound and wrote the quote down.

You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that's already around your neck. - Rumi 

Damn it Rumi, you did it again! It's true. All I ever do is wander around looking for the diamond necklace around my neck. Basically, he's saying we search and search but our true riches are right under our noses. Similar to "the grass is always greener on the other side" but sexier.

It's so easy to get wrapped in the day-to-day baloney that life serves up. And the Rumi quote made me sit back and take a look at how awesome life can be... and so I wrote this blog post.


This is The Diamond Necklace Around My Neck

Leyla in Cape Town
My sense of adventure
And love of travel


Arsan family trip to South Africa
My incredibly odd yet amazing family
And our close-knit relationship



Leyla in Morocco
My lust for life
And the friends who join me, indulge me and tempt me


Leyla Arsan
My unintentional youthful looks
And intentional youthful demeanor


North Avenue Lakefront Trail
My good fortune to wake up to this every morning
And the wisdom to know how fortunate I am


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    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Lollapalooza Day 2 - The Day of Crowd Surfing and Radiohead


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    Bad timing. Rain. Crowd surfing. Radiohead. The overall theme of Friday, day two of Lollapalooza.


    Crowd surfing in the afternoon and Radiohead at night. That is the gist of my recap from Lollapalooza on Friday (day two).  




    Friday Lolla Radiohead
    Radiohead at Lollapalooza on Friday
    Pics courtesy of my friend Adam G.


    Here’s how my Day 2 at Lolla went

    I missed Saint motel because I had a client call. I missed The Struts because it took forever to get to the park. Traffic was insane. Finally, there was the death march to the main entry gate to Lollapalooza - that took a while too. People were waiting upwards of two hours to enter the park. WTF.


    I arrived and had two bud light limes while waiting for friends to make it over to the park. It started to rain, so I headed to the Bud Light Toilets (sheltered under the trees near the Bud Light stage). Plus, they were the cleanest toilets in the park.


    Cherub on the Bud Light Stage - Friday, Lollapalooza
    I've moved on from Bud Light Lime to white wine


    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Bud Light stage.
    I came across Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls while waiting out the rain near the toilets. They were playing on the Bud Light stage. I thought they were really good. I listened to four songs. Frank is a cute British guy. He was wearing a buttoned dress shirt and a skinny tie. And he stage dove / crowd surfed whilst wearing a tie. I was smitten, naturally.


    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
    Crowd surfing in a tie-guy


    How the evening of my Day 2 went 

    At some point, I stopped by Lettuce at the Petrillo band shell. I looked for friends. The band was not for me, so I left. I went to the Citi Lounge and charged my phone. Then I found Adam.

    Leyla Chicago Lollapalooza
    Leyla and Adam at Lollapalooza 2016
    Friends since freshman year of high school


    Cherub at Bud Light stage.
    Interesting and confusing because they’re dance-y with a rock vibe. They were enjoyable and the kids really liked it. We saw a boy wearing a kimono, he was a crazy dancer. Crazy dancer boy did this backwards skip, punching thing when his favorite song came on. He did this odd dance move all around the crowd.

    Cherub at Lolla - Kimono Dancer Boy
    Boy in Kimono during Cherub
    Lollapalooza 2016



    M83 at the Samsung stage.
    Very enjoyable. We decided to hang back by toilets - again. Not quite in the toilets, but up on a hill, above the crowd, where we could hear well. I was happy that we saw them.


    Lolla16 M83 Chicago
    M83 from the hill at Lollapalooza
    And some dude named red beard


    Wolf Alice at the Pepsi stage.
    Best show of the day winner! They were definitely beloved by their audience. The whole band was into it. The lead singer is talented and engaging. The music is great.

    But the best part of the show was the guy standing in front of me. He was loving every minute and recording the whole experience. AND... he was wearing an LA Guns t-shirt from the '88 tour. What?

    Lolla 2016 Wolf Alice - LA Guns T-shirt Guy
    LA Guns No Mercy Tour '88
    at Lollapalooza watching Wolf Alice

    I mean, the second best part of the Wolf Alice was that guy. The best part was the lead singer of Wolf Alice crowd surfing. And then catching a photo of her crowd surfing on my phone! And not seeing it until the next morning. An then tweeting it the following day at 9AM. And the band re-tweeting my photo of her crowd surf a few hours later.





    Miike Snow at Lakeshore stage.
    Only caught a few songs, which was too bad. I missed Miike Snow at Lollapalooza in 2012 and I really like Miike Snow. At least I did get to see a bit this year. Miike Snow (just wanted to drop it in one more time).



    Miike Snow Lollapalooza 2016



    Radiohead at the Samsung stage.
    I know everyone loves Radiohead and they were the top headliner. I hate admitting it but I'm not a fan. I can appreciate their talent but the music is not for me. Friday night of Lolla was my first Radiohead show. I wanted to keep an open mind and I was there for most of their show (i think). But I had to get out. I was having a physical reaction to their music.

    From what I heard, the fans liked the sirens, I mean songs. Radiohead was a hit with the olds... and the youngs.


    Radiohead Headliner Lollapalooza Friday
    Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2016


    Radiohead playing Leylapalooza 2016 in Chicago
    Radiohead at Leylapalooza 2016
    Leylapalooza is not impressed!


    And... doesn't anyone else think it's weird that Radiohead had their entire internet history wiped clean? They deleted social media accounts and a bunch of other crap (or so I heard). I mean, the only people who have their internet history scrubbed are porn stars (Sasha Gray), ponzi scheme dudes, and two of my ex-boyfriends.


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